At Issue: June 23 - Gov. Walz undergoes minor knee surgery, cost of tuition rises at U of M

June 23, 2019 03:22 PM

Governor Tim Walz Undergoes Minor Knee Surgery

Governor Tim Walz underwent a minor knee surgery this week. While he was under anesthesia, his power as governor was transferred to Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan. It's a rare move that has not been done for quite some time. Former Governor Mark Dayton did not transfer power when he was at Mayo Clinic for several weeks last fall. The last time it happened, was in 1993 when Joanell Drystad took over for Arne Carlson while he had knee surgery.


President Donald Trump Officially Declares Candidacy

This week, President Donald Trump officially declared he will seek a second term in the White House. Local Republicans held a rally to try and gain Trump supporters. They want to win back control of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Minnesota is considered a battleground state in the next presidential election. President Trump narrowly lost the state in 2016, but has said he believes he can win it in 2020.

Cost of Tuition Rises at the University of Minnesota

The cost of tuition is rising at the University of Minnesota, and at schools in the Minnesota State System. The Board of Regents recently approved a 2% tuition hike for resident undergrads at the Twin Cities campus. That means tuition and fees will cost $337 more next year, rising to just more than $15,000 per year. Tuition is also set to rise 1.5% at other University of Minnesota campuses. Regents in the Minnesota State system approved a 3% tuition increase for undergrads.


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